Sunday, December 11, 2016

Happy Holidays!


It has been another busy time. I finished my challenge for the crystals I received. I decided to make a treasure chest. The chest is completed in crayon tint with embroidery. I used black felt and attached with needle and thread pearls and shells. I then used the crystals to make necklaces and chains to add to the treasure. Here it is:

I am pleased with the results.

I am now working on an advent sampler. You get a piece of the sampler each day starting Nov 30 and going to December 24. You can find details at:

I am using 40 count linen I had in stash and shades of my favourite colour. I have had to adjust to fit the fabric, but like it so far. I promise to post the finished piece when I am all done.

I like how it is developing.

Well, back to Christmas preparations. I wish all the best of the season.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Stitching!


Friday, October 7, 2016

A Fun Challenge


Recently I participated in San Francisco School Of Neeedleowrk and Design's At Home Challenge. It was a neat challenge. I decided to use crayon tinting, some special embroidery stitches and beads to create the piece. Here is the result:

I was pleased with the results and have been playing with more crayon tinting.

The school posted my piece on facebook to remind people of their exhibit. That was neat!

This past week, I received my goodie bag from entering the challenge. Lots of goodies!

Along with the goodie bag, I was fortunate to get the next challenge. Using the upcycled Swarovski crystals provided, create a piece for the theme"Jewels of the Sea".

Now I have until January to come up with my creation. I have a plan, but you will have to wait....

My Muskoka Landscape workshop with Virtual Threads started today. This is my first virtual workshop - teaching. It is exciting and I can't wait to see what everyone does with the design.

This is Thanksgiving weekend. The trees are beautiful. Enjoy the weekend!

Happy Stitching!


Monday, August 8, 2016

August 2016


Wow! August already!

It has been a very busy time since last post (can't believe the date on that). I officially have my Teacher Certificate for Embroidery.

I have taught my first class. it was with the Toronto Guild. It was a Blackwork course. I designed a special biscornu for them.

It was designed to give the students as much choice to make it their own and match their skill level with Blackwork. It was a fun day. I enjoyed meeting and working with all those who attended.

I have been busy coming up with designs for The Embroiderers' Association of Canada's(EAC) Seminar in 2018. Submissions for classes are due Sept 1, 2016. This is part of the reason I have been quiet.

I was fortunate to win Seminar theme for EAC's Seminar 2016 - Inspiring Threads. I have a piece being considered for the Bobby Pilling Award with EGA, and I am looking to submit to the "Eye of the Needle" exhibit with EGA, as well. A few designs have headed off to various magazines too.

This fall I will be hosting my first Cyber class. The piece is called Muskoka Landscape. It involves Pulled Thread and Surface embroidery together. In designing it, I wanted to include both, but was aware that many shy away from counted embroidery. The piece is approximately 4 X 6 inches, so enough to try something new It is being offered with Virtual Threads, the cyber guild of EAC (on Yahoo). It is open to members of Virtual Threads. I will post a picture after the class. If you are a member, photos and information are posted in the Files section. If you are not a member of Virtual Threads, consider checking it out. While you check it out, you can see this workshop being offered - one of many they do offer(they try to provide workshops in a variety of techniques)

Well back to work. It has been an awesome summer (a Little too dry but not complaining as the snow will fly soon enough)

Happy Stitching!


Saturday, February 13, 2016


Hi For 2016 I thought I would try out a couple SALs (also known as Stitch Alongs). One goes the whole year - 1 submission per month - and the other was a submission each week for about six weeks. I wanted to see how I like the different formats. The six week SAL was from Brodeuse-Bressane called Snowdrop. It is actually the center to a much larger piece. The SAL creates the center and then you buy the rest of the pattern. I just wanted to try it, so I set myself up to create the center. You can pick the colours you want. After each week, you send a photo. This is my finished piece:
The second SAL is a Hardanger SAl from Mabel Figworthy. Each month there is a new pattern that focuses on a particular filling or aspect of Hardanger. I signed on for this one because I want to explore more of the different stitches and fillings. I know I have books on the subject, but this makes me try different things that later I can incorporate into my designs. This SAL is called Round in Circles. Colour is yours to pick. She does give suggestions. At the beginning of the month, instructions are sent. You send a photo when you are done. Each month is the same size. I am thinking of maybe a book to put them in, but nothing is really decided. Here is January and February:
I enjoyed Snowdrops and am enjoying the Round in Circles. Lastly, since this weekend is Valentines, I am posting a photo of a couple heart pins I created.
Have a great Valentine's weekend! Happy Stitching! Kim